Pete Rodriguez is one dude that I could hang out with every week. But we don't get to; cause we have busy lives. But he and I are collaborating on this monthly playlist called Some Pop, Some Not. I pick the music and he does the art. Which I gave him zero direction on and he freaking crushed it.
This months playlist has a heavy "hipster" vibe to it (whatever that means) as I was curating a playlist for SUPPLY and their hipster yard sale.
Hope you enjoy this relatively easy-listening playlist.
p.s. pete, if you're reading this, let's go get drinks sometime.
T.J. and I were talking business in early January while munching on one of Brooke's legendary snack trays when I said "I really want to do a bridal show someday." T.J. pulled out his phone and said, "How about February 24th? I'm available."
Six weeks later on February 24th, twenty-three vendors gathered at SUPPLY to host a unique and beautiful wedding show. Sean from Bring On The Bash mixed live, Penny's Icecream handed out delicious cones and Stray Lights had the coolest booth of all time.
It was a pleasure to plan and host my own wedding show along with my brother-in-law T.J. Thank you to everyone that took part in the event and to all that came. We look forward to doing it again next year!
THE VENDOR LIST
DJ: Bring On The Bash
Photo: Sparrow And Lace Photography, Rebekah Viola-Photography & Elizabeth Moore Photography
Planner: Planned Perfection, Alisa Marie
Dessert/Cake: The Couture Cakery, Kyrsten's Sweet Designs
Bartender: Raise Your Spirits, Inc.
Florists: Wildflowers by Design, Petals with Style
Paper/Calligraphy: Paper Jane Studio
Signs: Honeysuckle Shop, Twelve Twenty-Nine Supply Co.
Lights: Stray Production Services
Travel: Outfitters Adventure Travel LLC
Videographer: K+A Films
Ice Cream: Penny's
Caterer: Commonwealth On Queen, Home Cooking Made Simple, Cooking Classes , Event Catering & Blog
An hour long mixing sampling what Taylor does and has played at weddings!
October was a busy month for me and I forgot to post the playlist. To save time during the busy season, I smushed October & November together. Here is the most eclectic playlist yet. Enjoy! This playlist is NSFW.
Young Dumb & Broke is every high schoolers quiet anthem and its easy to think back to those days and remember "the struggle" which now seems so simple. "Punk Rock Girl" by The Dead Milkmen is a song I've known for sometime but never knew it was them! Henry Jamison is an artist that I discovered this month. He is a mix of Iron & Wine and Ryan Lewis. Folk music but with the bass lines and drums normally reserved for hip hop. "Blood On The Leaves" is one of my favorite Kanye West songs. "For No One" by The Beatles is also one of my favorite songs. I saw a documentary this month on the production of Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band and it was during watch the show that I was reminded of this song.
Mixed a fun and chill set at Mad Chef in East Petersburg on August 24th. The session was about three hours and here is the whole thing. I've recently started mixing on vinyl and its taking some getting use to. The set is full of mistakes. Oh well, here it is for posterities sake.
On August 24th, I will be mixing live at Mad Chef from 7p-10p! Keep watching to see a sneak peek of my set or if they event has already passed catch a glimpse of what I did. :P
By accident, this is the most cohesive monthly playlist that I've created to date. It's pretty darn chill. First off we have what may be my favorite Talking Heads song, "This Must Be The Place (Naive Melody). Something about that track makes me long for home. "Starlight" is a song I stumbled upon by chance and I'm so glad I did. My most listened to song this month was likely "Mexico" by James Taylor. The lyrics really crack me up! Lastly, if you make it this far into the playlist, "Peace Piece" by Bill Evans (my favorite jazz musician, btw) is perfect. For me, jazz, specifically Bill Evans, and rainy weather go hand in hand. I listen to him play and it takes me back to my childhood bedroom, sitting on the bed and playing Animal Crossing on the Gamecube with my Mom. I loved those days and still miss them.
Kicking off this month's playlist is one of my favorite songs by The Police! I LOVE the baseline to "Spirits In The Material World." I can never have enough of David Bowie and I rediscovered "Fame" this last month. "Shawty Is Da Sh*!" was in a mix by Four Color Zack that Kelsey and I were listening to. Kelsey knew all of the words. "Yeah Right" by Vince Staples is my hip hop song of the month. I don't know much about him but when I first heard the song I knew that the beat was produced by Flume or Cloud 9. It was Flume. Then the surprise verse from Kendrick Lamar. "Yeah Right" is like a hip hop dream for me.... albeit Vince Staples. I hope you enjoy the majority of oldies that the playlist is composed of this month! Let me know which song is your favorite and be sure to follow me on Spotify to creep on what I'm listening to everyday.
Dylan and Michael's wedding was a truly unique experience that I got to be a part of. Dylan's mother owns a magnificent property overlooking the Susquehanna. The view painted a beautiful backdrop for the day. And the dance party was just as cool as the couple. Outside, underneath lights and on top of oriental rugs. You've gotta have guts to pull that off and they did it with ease and late into the night! Luckily the beauty and hype was caught by two fantastic and down-right cool photographers known as: Earthmark Photography. Click right here to see their blog!
I really loved so much of the music I listened to this month. Paramore's new album "After Laughter" is a bright fusion of post 2000s alternative and 80's pop. "Bucket's Of Rain" by Bob Dylan has become one of my favorite songs by the singer/songwriter. "May I Have This Dance" confused me at first because I thought it was Phil Collins. Nope! Francis and the Lights... No idea who they are! (Music discovery achieved!) The club banger "Lasers" is a fun beat that I hope to drop at a few Pro-EDM weddings. Hope you love this month's mix of music.
Have a song that you think I should listen to? Let me know in the comments or on INSTAGRAM!
Honestly, I wanted to put the entire Kendrick Lamar album on here but that wouldn't fully demonstrate what I listened too, it would only represent how much I listened to it. I'm also pumped about Mayer Hawthorn's cover of "Everybody Wants To Rule The World." Last month I rediscovered The White Stripes. It's been a long time since I've listened to Jack White and I'm so glad I started listening to him again. About 2/3 of the way day is one of my favorite Queen songs, "In Only Seven Days." It never received any radio play but its shows how diverse their massive catalog is and I love it. Lastly, you can never go wrong with Chance The Rapper. Perhaps I'm hopping on the bandwagon but he is one of my favorite rappers currently, probably top 5.
Over a year ago, Savannah and Nathan attended a wedding I DJ'd for one of their good friends. After a fun dance party they asked if I was available and they booked a few weeks later and I'm so glad they did! They and their guests were wild and danced all night long. Literally for hours. Savannah and Nathan, thank you for fantastic dance party!
Pictures are by Sparrow and Lace, one of the few photographers I refer. Hannah, the owner, is my FAVORITE dance party photographer. The next time I have a personal party, I'm going to ask her to take pictures. Seriosly.
I played a bit of everything that night and it didn't matter, they danced too it! The weather was extremely cold so I think people started dancing because they wanted to get warm. It didn't take long until they were opening the bar doors in the middle of a freezing December night to cool off.
Watch Taylor mix live as he demonstrates his style of mixings for private parties and weddings!
Another eclectic mix for April covering what I listened to last month. Starting off with my favorite John Mayer track off of Wave 2, "Helpless" is a pop-blues-funk reminiscent of "Miss You" by The Rolling Stones. "Love Be With You" is by my Dad, Steven Courtney. It's one of my favorite songs of all time. Nine times out of ten when I see a sunset I sing "Love Be With You" and it reminds me of my childhood. "Slide" by Harris, Ocean and Migos is the song that I've been playing on repeat. I'm excited to see how parties react to it this year. Further down the mix is a tune called "Bambi" by Jidenna, the same guy that did "Classic Man". Lastly, a few days ago The Gorillaz put out a few new tracks and I've been bumping to "Saturnz Barz". Hope you like these songs as much as I do and be sure to follow me on Spotify and Instagram @bringonthebash.
Here are a few of my personal favorite pictures from my Instagram feed from the last two months. The first picture is one of my all time favorite pictures because it's announcing the birth of my son!
If you haven't done so already, make sure to follow @bringonthebash for behind the scenes of weddings and my personal life! While you are at it, check out my wife, @kelseyraecourtney. She's a total babe.
While growing up, I wasn't fond of Christmas music. I thought it all sounded the same and was boring. Worst of all the songs always got stuck in my head. Luckily, since being with Kelsey, she has shared her love of Christmas music and after several years I've warmed up to it. 2016 will go down as the first year that I truly enjoyed Christmas music. The following 12 songs are a combination of some of our favorites. Hit play, follow me on Spotify and go decorate your tree!
Have a funky introduction and jam out to "Love Like That" by Mayer Hawthorne. Hawthrone reminds a lot of Steely Dan! Vaya Con Dios translates to "Go With God". A beautiful reminder of how many desire to live in their marriage. "Open & Close" by Fela Kuti has been my JAM recently and I hope more couples request this type of music for cocktail hour! "Funky Side Of Town" is a great James Brown deepcut that will get all generations wigglin' on the dance floor. Lastly, Run-DMC's "It's Tricky" is a party classic that doesn't tread into being cheesy, which can be rare for songs from the 80's.
Hopefully this playlist gave you some inspiration, if so leave a comment, share this playlist and follow me on Spotify!
"24k Magic" and "Just Can't Get Enough" are two songs perfect for an introduction. They are upbeat, will get guests clapping but won't blow them away with heavy bass lines. "I'm in the Mood for Love" is one of my favorite songs right now and I desperately want a couple to use it for their first dance. Julie's beautiful vocal emotes passion and the short song, two and a half minutes, is easy to slow dance to. Two heavier tracks that will keep your party jiving till the end are "Gasolina" and "Believer." "Gasolina" brings diversity through its latin-esque groove while "Believer," a lesser known track by Major Lazor, adds a modern sound but with more power than compared to songs on the top 40.